Pixies @ Wellmont Theatre in 2011 (more by Dana [distortion] Yavin)
Deerhunter @ MHOW, 2011 (more by Jessica Amaya)
Browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows. Here are some highlights...
Pixies, Reignwolf @ Bowery Ballroom
Pixies might have lost Kim Deal as a member (they have Kim Shattuck of The Muffs in her place) and you might not be huge on their new EP, but this is still three of the four original members of one of the most classic indie rock bands of our time, playing relatively intimate venues. Tonight they're at Bowery Ballroom for their first of four NYC shows this week, two of which are at the same venue, and one of which is at Music Hall of Williamsburg.
Pet Shop Boys @ Beacon Theater
Earlier this summer Pet Shop Boys released Electric which is their most spirited, melodic record in who knows how long. Tonight's the second of two sold-out shows at Beacon, a gorgeous setting for what will likely be a highly theatrical stage show. Jacques lu Cont, aka Stuart Price who produced Electric, opens the show. Sold out.
Hess Is More, Youthfaire, Listening Center @ Cameo Gallery
A mighty live force capable of DFA-style dancerock, Hess is More are always worth checking out live. This will be your second of three chances to do so this month as part of their September "Hessidency."
Fancytramp, Fielded, Flown @ Death By Audio
Fancytramp started as the solo project from Heavy Cream's Olivia Scibelli and has morphed into its own freestanding thing. Nashville Scene calls them "bubblegrunge."
Psychic Friend, Dynasty Handbag @ Glasslands
When not playing in Imperial Teen and Hey Willpower, Will Schwartz makes Todd Rundgren style piano pop as Psychic Friend. If you can't make tonight's show, Psychic Friend play Mercury Lounge on Sunday (9/22).
No Joy, Alex Calder @ Mercury Lounge
Montreal's No Joy made one of the best shoegazy records in some time with this year's Wait to Pleasure which deftly blends the heavy and the ethereal. They'll be back for Mexican Summer's fifth anniversary next month if you can't make it tonight.
Deerhunter, Mas Ysa @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Deerhunter, who followed up their prettiest album with one of their roughest this year, are coming to NYC for a three-night run, beginning tonight. The next two shows are at Webster Hall, but tonight they'll be in a room a quarter of the size, Music Hall of Williamsburg. Opening the show is Brooklyn indie pop project Mas Ysa.
Oneohtrix Point Never @ Our Lady of Lebanon Cathedral
Ambient musician Oneohtrix Point Never is about to release a new album later this month, his first for Warp, but ahead of its release he'll be playing a hometown show tonight. It's in a cathedral, which should be a pretty nice environment for his sound.
Shining, Phuture Doom @ Saint Vitus Bar
Confusingly, both Norway and Sweden are home to metal bands called Shining. The Shining in question here are the Norwegian one; they call their music "Blackjazz", which in practice means taut, highly modernized rock/metal with a glossy production and a secret weapon in the form of a saxophone. They'll be sharing the stage with local metal/hardcore brutes Alekhine's Gun and reclusive Long Island prog-deathsters Cryptodira.
Philip Glass, Elliot Sharp, Optipus & E.S.P. TV, Jaded Lover, Liquid Blonde, Transgendered Jesus @ Santos Party House
Tonight is the 8th Annual Music & Film Benefit Concert for the Film-Makers Cooperative featuring a host of impressive talent.
DTCV, Butter The Children, Forts @ The Grand Victory
Jim Greer spent time in Guided by Voices and, for many years, was one of SPIN's best writers. His band DTCV (pronounced "detective") make post-VU indie rock. Here's also another chance to catchy shoegazy Brooklynites Butter the Children.
Jake Bugg, Honeyhoney @ Webster Hall
Still in his teens, Jake Bugg makes the kind of '60s influenced folky Britpop that MOJO editors go crazy for. Other folk too: this Webster Hall show is sold out.
Morricone Youth @ Havemeyer Park (Nitehawk Outdoors)
Tonight's the final edition of Nitehawk outdoors in Williamsburg's makeshift Havermeyer Park. They're showing Connery classic Goldfinger with a live performance by Morricone Youth who probably know their way around a Bond theme.
The Everymen, PEP, Unicycle Loves You, Sri @ Pianos
New Jersey rockers The Everymen don't get enough attention for their earnest, heartland-style music, exemplified on last year's New Jersey Hardcore. Check 'em out live tonight.
Valley Lodge @ The Rock Shop
You know Dave Hill as a comedian and shirtless concertgoer, but did you know he can also shred? Catch his seriously impressive guitar skills tonight with his band Valley Lodge.
For all of tonight's shows, and tomorrow's, check out our full NYC show calendar.
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